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South Tyneside has a rich variety of cafes, restaurants and eateries to enjoy.

Those in search of a good coffee and delicious cake can choose from high street favourites such as Caffé Nero to independents such as Minchella's - not forgetting the excellent cafés at both Jarrow Hall, The Clifton on South Shields' Ocean Road amongst others.

However, what would a trip to the coast be, without fish and chips - a traditional treat for which South Shields has become famous thanks to shops such as the Red Hut, at Ocean Road, and family-run award-winner Colman's.

Or, for an alternative take on fish, try Latimer's Seafood at Whitburn, which doesn't just sell numerous types of wet fish but has a great café serving up its fish in a variety of delicious and often unusual dishes.

Colmans fish and chips

Colmans Fish and Chips, Ocean Road, South Shields

From fish to another North East favourite - Dickson's pork butcher is a North East institution and if you haven't yet tried a saveloy dip then you truly haven't lived.

From fast food to formal dining, South Tyneside's rich cultural heritage has made us a hotbed of international cuisine. Ocean Road is most well-known as one of the North East's leading destinations for curry lovers with so many Indian restaurants from which to choose it has become a top destination in itself.

While some of the region's most enduring and popular Italian restaurants, such as Mambo's in South Shields and its sister restaurant Mambo's II in Hebburn, Bravi in South Shields and Romano Bistro at nearby Cleadon, all offer superb Italian cuisine and are perfect for leisurely family lunches or romantic dates - you choose.

Alternatively, for a varied menu in a quintessentially British setting you really should head to one of South Tyneside's villages. Just a stone's throw from the seafront is the charming village of Whitburn and the Grey Horse is one of a number of hostelries offering a warm welcome and a wide choice.

In Boldon, the Red Lion is straight off a picture postcard. Other favourites include The Black Horse, The Lakeside and The Green.

And don't miss South Tyneside Restaurant Week in early October when many of our restaurants and cafes come up with special two course dishes to enjoy.

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